Executives at Universal have already announced they still plan to release Fast & Furious 7 this summer, despite Paul Walker's death. According to the New York Daily News, the decision was made almost immediately.
“Fast & Furious 7” has been given a green light to continue in the aftermath of the horrific crash that killed franchise star Paul Walker. Universal executives and director James Wan made the decision in a conference call on Sunday morning, a day after the tragic accident that killed Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas.
Filming isn't finished, and although a decision on a rewrite hasn't been finalized, it would seems impossible not to change the story line and include the death of Brian O'Conner. Jason Statham joined the cast as a villain for this movie (appearing at the end of Fast 6), so if they really want to make fans hate him, they should have kill O'Conner at some point. And really, Jason Statham is the only man who I'd say is deserving of that honor.